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Police not allowed in Parliament

By Charl Bosch - May 12, 2015
Police not allowed in Parliament

The Western Cape High Court has upheld the application brought by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to have police inside Parliament declare unconstitutional.

In passing his judgement, Judge Andre le Grange ruled that section 11, which allowed for the arrest of members creating a disturbance inside the Chamber, was “constitutionally flawed” and that “parliament has more than sufficient tools to maintain order”. A minimum of 12 months has been allocated for Parliament to correct defects relating to the ruling.

“Great news from the Western Cape High Court, the Police can no longer beat us up in Parliament! Ridiculous we had to get a court for this,” DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Dean Macpherson tweeted shortly after the verdict was made official.

The announcement comes after the deployment of riot police to remove members from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), who had disrupted proceedings moments into President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address on February 12th.